Wolff explains “Wikipedia” comments regarding Verstappen’s new record – 2023 Italian GP

Max Verstappen now holds the sole record for the most consecutive race wins in Formula One’s history. The Red Bull Racing driver crossed the finish line first in Monza for the 10th consecutive time, surpassing his joint record of 9 consecutive race wins with Sebastian Vettel (achieved at the end of 2013, also with Red Bull Racing).

Speaking after the 2023 Dutch GP in the press conference, the Dutchman highlighted the fact that past teams couldn’t achieve this streak.

Scott Mitchell-Malm – The Race : “Max, some people underestimate how hard it can be when, even if you’ve got the fastest car, to keep winning. Is this kind of race the ultimate example of just how hard it can be to keep a win streak going in? How satisfying is it to win a grand prix this complicated?
Verstappen: “Yeah, absolutely, I mean, even if you have the best – and I think there have been more dominant cars in the past than what we have at the moment and they haven’t been able to do so, to win nine in a row, whatever, the consecutive wins we have as a team. So yeah, it is hard and especially like today, it’s easy to make a wrong call or even drop it yourself in the gravel or whatever. So, yeah, it’s never that straightforward unfortunately.” 

After the race in Monza, Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz spoke with Toto Wolff about the new recoard.

Kravitz : Max has achieved 10 in a row. Not even your guys in their peak ever did that. I think the team did at one point, but anyway you got to take your hat off.

Wolff : Yeah, I mean our situation was maybe a little bit different because we had two guys fighting against each other within the team. I don’t know whether he (Verstappen) cares about the record, it’s not something that would be important for me, any of those numbers. It’s for Wikipedia. Nobody reads that anyway.

With the print media, the Mercedes CEO gave a more detailed explanation of what he thinks of the Verstappen milestone, and acknowledged the driver’s achievement.

“For me these kinds of records are completely irrelevant,” he said. “They were irrelevant in our good days in Mercedes, and I don’t know how many races we won in a row. I didn’t even know that there was a count of how many races you win.

“Therefore, asking me to comment on some achievement is difficult because it never played a role in my whole life. But the result itself shows that a great driver in a great car is competing on an extremely high level.”

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